Pikachu vs Eevee
Which Pokemon is better? Which game should you buy? We have had 5 of our reviewers each write up their own article answering these questions.
- Review Article 1: Efrain Silva
- Review Article 2: Joe Reilly
- Review Article 3: Evie Alexander
- Review Article 4: Adam Hermann
- Review Article 5: Sam Crawford
Pikachu or EeveeAuthor: Efrain Silva
Which Pokémon is right for you? Well, good question that many people have these days. It’s a true mind - splitter, to be honest, even for a guy like me who has loved Pokémon for more than 20 good years...and counting. It’s still a tough choice, though I’d personally choose Pikachu because, I guess, I’m old school….
Furthermore, this is a topic that has even been covered by some of Nintendo’s own social media posts, so that should tell you how vital it is to those in the gaming world. And for those of you who do not know which game(s) this is all referring to, we’re talking about no less than the Nintendo Switch, soon - to - remain endlessly talked about (even among some older adult players) game Pokémon : Let’s Go, which does feature two different sides to the same coin, in a manner of speaking. What I mean is this --- there’s Pokémon : Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon : Let’s Go, Eevee!But let’s talk more about these 2 small creatures themselves, now….
PikachuPikachu is the face of Pokémon. Period. He always is, and he always has been. No doubt about that.
Pikachu was also the very first Pokémon (or at least, major Pokémon character to hit the spotlight) in all the Pokémon show episodes first airing, the collector’s cards, the comic books, and even other kinds of merchandise released. Pikachu was even lucky to get a role in the very first Super Smash Bros. game by Nintendo, selected among 8-12 limited special characters you could get to play as. Oh, how I remember this…
Not only that, but the lightning bolt - shooting, tail - zapping little guy even got his own movie recently. It’s called “Detective Pikachu” and it’s in theatres as we speak. Go check it out on some downtime….
Pikachu’s moves in this 2 - game, collection, anyways, include those like the double kick, thunder, double team, thunderbolt, etc. And he’s packed with a punch, every step of the way. Don’t mess with this tiny, yellow titan of terror! He will make you regret it in an instant.
Now as for Eevee, who looks similar to Pikachu (in a few ways, or some would say), he’s a rival Pokémon and less traditionally used as a major breed, of course. But he still has a few moves up his sleeve, no less. One of the most noteworthy potential things he can do is evolve right into 8 (yes --- 8) different Pokémon of varied forms. In the game, as you’re running right along, this small Pokémon could even be seen sitting on your hat ---- that’s one of the roles he plays, mostly. In addition, Eevee’s always been seen as the rival Pokémon owned by Ash’s rival, Gary, ever since Pokémon yellow and even in the Pokémon TV show itself.
And while the more ‘traditionalist’ Pokémon fanatics usually tend to stick with Pikachu, those seeking a change from the usual lingo find some comfort in picking Eevee. Eevee especially calls out, in this sense, to a new generation of Pokémon players who are dying for something new. And, of course, Eevee is still as cute and cuddly, though he gets far less fan attention...just something to think about. Eevee’s got great moves in his game version, too, like Veevee Volley, Bouncy Bubble, and several more.
Additional Distinctions to Make
Also, note an interesting difference in the game(s) that might catch your eye when you play. Pikachu actually sits on the player’s shoulder, in his version of the game. Eeevee, on the other hand, sits on his player’s head in his. So in that sense, both games vary slightly, and all this adds to the user’s feel of the game he or she is in….
Another major difference between the two games would be the fact that certain other Pokémons are actually solely - exclusive to the game you pick. Did you know that? And here is what I refer to, in case you might have been curious to further delve into the matter --- let’s say you decide to go with Let’s Go, Pikachu! In that case, in the wild, you’ll find Growlithe, Oddish, and Sandshrew present here…..and only in this game.
If you play Let’s Go, Eevee!, on the other hand, this could be your only chance to access Pokémon like Meowth, Vulpix, and Bellsprout, respectively. So with that being said, choose wisely. What type of Pokémon collector are you?
Other Characters to NoteHere’s who you’ll find only in Pikachu’s exclusive game :
Similarities, Too, Across Both Games?
The main similarities, or things that remain the same completely, in both games, are things like initial evolution --- which is not a factor. At first, your Pikachu or Eevee will not be able to evolve, so you’ll have to cope with that reality, regardless of which of the two games you opt for. And there’s no ‘cheating your way’ out of that one, either. Believe me --- if there was a special code, I’d have been using it by now.
In both games, wherever you walk around, the Pokémon chosen will follow you, too. Creepy? Nah. These little guys are too cute. Both games also let you do many other things that are the same, such as buy evolution-type stones from stores….
Final Choice - Make It Count!
Which game should you pick? Let's Go : Pikachu or Let's Go : Eevee? I know...pressure. Options. Gotta move fast and pick one.
Ask yourself what you want in a Pokémon, and what your collector’s style really is. Then, make a move. If you still find yourself not being able to decide, then heck, just get both games and appreciate each one, on its own terms, for what it alone can offer that the other cannot...each game is unique, and that’s what’s so special about Pokémon, in the first place. Thanks so much for reading!
Do You Choose Pikachu or Eevee? A Tale of The Pokemon TapeAuthor: Joe Reilly
Some would say that 2018 wasn't the most memorable year for the Nintendo Switch, with not many big name first-party games dropping like the previous year which saw the world's Nintendo best seller Zelda: Breath of The Wild and the multiplayer hit ink shooter game Splatoon 2. But there were two games for not only the Nintendo Switch but also the Pokemon franchise which featured two of the Pokemon companies biggest characters- Pikachu and Eevee. Titled Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! And Let's Go, Eevee!, let's say you absolutely love both of these Pokemon, you've followed them throughout the last twenty years or maybe you know absolutely nothing about them; how do you go about choosing one over the other, let alone their respective games? Let's take a look at the tale of the tape.
The New York Mets have Mr. Met. The Simpsons have Homer. McDonalds has Ronald McDonald, and Pokemon, well they have a bright yellow, red-cheeked Pokemon named Pikachu. There's no doubt that out of the roughly thousand Pokemon in existence, that Pikachu is the face of the franchise. From trading cards, t-shirts, lunchboxes, phone skins, movies, all the way down to having his (Pikachu is a he when his tail is without an indent on the end) own float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Pikachu is arguably the most recognizable Pokemon in the franchise making him the face of the brand. But this wasn't totally supposed to be the case as ScreenRant.com writes that Clefairy was actually set to be Pokemon's mascot at first.
"It was thought that Clefairy would be engaging and would draw people in, but once the animated series began production it was quickly understood that a yellow central character would be the best for the brand."
There you have it, Pikachu is actually the underdog of the story, as another Pokemon was handpicked to move the brand forward.
“The process of designing not just Pikachu but Pokémon in general was complicated, with multiple people putting their ideas together and modifying the design to create a single character."- Ken Sugimori
Pikachu first debuted in 1996 in the first Pokemon games Red and Green, created by Ken sugimori, Koji Nishino, and Atsuko Nishida where he became a surprise hit with fans. Being one of the first partner characters in the game, the then chubbier-cheeked design of Pikachu instantly made fans fall in love with him. This, also cushioned by the likability of the Pokemon games themselves, it lead to an anime series order featuring Pikachu titled Pokemon: The Series airing in 1997 a year later. From there, the popularity of Pokemon and Pikachu gained traction and twenty years later today, here we are.
PIKACHU BY THE NUMBERS
Now that you're all caught up on Pikachu's history, let's take a look at what makes Pikachu, Pikachu from what type of Pokemon he is, his evolutionary chain, and more.
Firstly, Pikachu is an electric type Pokemon which means all his attacks and abilities mostly have to do with electricity and lightning. He's most well known for summoning lightning from the sky in his attacks in games like Super Smash Bros but this changes in the anime and mainline games. Since he's an electric Pokemon, this means he's weak towards water type Pokemon. In terms of evolution, (Pokemon evolve when they grow older and more powerful) he starts out as Pichu, then evolves into Pikachu and then finally Raichu. In the Pokemon mainline games Pikachu is able to use such attacks as growl, thundershock, tail whip, quick attack, double kick, double team, and more. He is also listed as a mouse Pokemon.
“Once, when I got lost in the forest as a child, I encountered an indefinable creatures.”- Motofumi Fujiwara on the beginning concepts of Eevee.
Eevee is the second choice Pokemon to stand side by side Pikachu in the latest 2018 games for the Nintendo Switch. Out of the vast amount of Pokemon to choose from, it's reasonable to wonder just why The Pokemon Co. chose Eevee over the others. Why not the original planned mascot Clefairy? Well, Eevee has more history than people may think, with origins dating all the way back to the first generation games in 1996.
Debuting much like Pikachu in the earliest games, Eevee first joined the Pokemon world in the Nintendo Gameboy Pokemon Games Red and Blue back in 1996. Over time the design of Eevee remained much the same as the earliest concepts, but later took on a more cat-like image. Since then Eevee started to appear in the anime much again like his counterpart Pikachu which in turn lead to merchandise deals and a more prominent feature of the character in other Pokemon related series and games.
EEVEE BY THE NUMBERS
Going back to the tale of the tape for both these Pokemon the statistics on Eevee are quite impressive. Standing at a height of 0.3 meters Eevee is a Normal type Pokemon falling under the Evolution Species. This means Eevee starts out as Eevee then evolves into Vaporeon (Jolteon when using a Thunder Stone) and then finally Flareon. Eevee's attacks and abilities are somewhat similar to Pikachu's in that he can growl and tackle. But other moves include quick attack, double kick, sand attack and more.
Now we turn our attention to the two games which dropped for the Switch in 2018 Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! Both games released on November 15th, 2018 in the United States and allow two player capabilities. Much like the rest of the mainline games, the adventure centers around an action RPG that features turn based battling mechanics. Being a remake of Pokemon Yellow, both games take away from that game's story elements and features such as starting out in the Kanto region, battling long time series villains Team Rocket, and going from gym to gym to earn trainer badges. The games feature old characters as well such as Prof. Oak and Misty.
The games are meant for a child fanbase as a means to introduce a new generation to the older one. But where the game separates itself lays in the modern ways of playing such as being able to hook up a Pokeball controller to play realistically and take your Pokemon with you outside of regular Switch gameplay. There's also Joy Con remotes capabilities, and connectivity to the Pokemon Go app.
Instead of asking yourself what game to play Lets Go, Eevee or Pikachu, the real question is should you play the original Yellow on the Gameboy or the 2018 Switch version? Because the only real big difference in the two modern games is that each one features different exclusive Pokemon in them.
So in the end who do you choose? Pikachu or Eevee? We've looked at their respective histories, their abilities, and two very modern games that feature both characters at the forefront. One thing stands out most, and that's that they're both not much different. Much like the games, you have some slight differences here and there, one may be more popular than the other. One Pokemon does this, while the other can do that. The choice is pretty simple- who do you like more? But for arguments sake, Pikachu is the franchise, his move set being electricity based is unique, and he's slightly more powerful. When choosing one of these Pokemon or games, Pikachu wins by a landslide.
Pikachu may have defeated Eevee at this point in time, but at the end of the day, if you love Pokemon why choose at all!
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Pikachu vs EeveeAuthor: Evie Alexander
Whether you grew up watching Pokémon the anime, or played the video games, or just recently started playing Pokémon Go, there’s no denying how beloved and cute these fictional creatures are. Of all the ‘mons out there, two of them are so popular that they have their own Nintendo Switch games: Pikachu and Eevee. In this article, we’ll take a look at their history, compare the Pokémon and their respective Nintendo games to see who the ultimate winner is.
As the face of the Pokémon franchise, audiences are introduced to Pikachu in the first episode of the Pokémon TV series, starting in 1997. Ash Ketchum, the main character, wakes up late; he’s supposed to pick out a Pokémon at Professor Oak’s, but by the time he arrives only one is left, Pikachu. This little, yellow, mouse Pokémon has very little interest in being Ash’s companion or being picked up by humans, preferring to zap everyone in the near vicinity. It also refuses to go in its poké ball and follows Ash around throughout the series. They become friends at the end of the pilot episode after fighting a flock of Spearows together. As Ash rushes a wounded Pikachu to the Pokémon Center in Viridian City, we see their bond. It’s also in this episode that we first see Pikachu’s Thunder attack. While there are other Pikachus in the anime (wild or belonging to other people), Ash’s Pikachu is the only regular Pokémon to have defeated two Legendary Pokémon.Pikachu evolves from Pichu and can evolve into Raichu. You can probably guess that it is an electric Pokémon, what with all the zapping of poor Ash. Usually found in forests, they like to electrify berries before eating them and leave patches of scorched grass behind. Electricity is stored in Pikachu’s red cheek pads and they recharge overnight whilst sleeping. During battles, Pikachu’s weakness is ground type Pokémon; they’re very effective against flying, steel, and electric types. Pikachu’s most powerful attack combination is the Wild Charge and Thunder Shock in the Pokémon Go game.
We first see Eevee in the anime episode, “The Battling Eevee Brothers”. Ash and his friends find an “abandoned” Eevee tied to a tree. After scanning it into his Pokédex, Ash finds out that it is able to evolve into Flareon, Vaporeon, or Jolteon (fire, water, and electric respectively) depending on which type of stone it is exposed to. A brown, furry, fox like Pokémon, the Eevee in this episode belonged to a young boy named Mikey who was trying to keep his friend hidden so that he wouldn’t have to evolve it. After an encounter with Team Rocket, the evolved Eevees belonging to Mikey’s older brothers were injured and defeated. Mikey’s unevolved Eevee ends up saving the day with a Take Down attack and a Rage Tackle Attack, sending the bad guys and their Pokémon running.
Eevee is considered to be a Normal type Pokémon and its best attacks are Quick Attack and Last Resort in the Pokémon Go game. Unlike Pikachu, Eevee is rarely found in the forest and prefers city life. There are usually more male Eevees than there are females. This is in contrast to the Pikachu where males and females are pretty evenly divided down the middle. In Generation 2, Eevee is able to evolve into Espeon (psychic type) during the day and Umbreon (dark type) at night. In Generation 4, Eevee evolves into Lefeon (grass type), Glaceon (ice type), and Sylveon (fairy type).
Pikachu or Eevee?
In order to objectively compare Pikachu and Eevee, we’ll start by comparing and contrasting them using the following categories: physical appearance, versatility, fighting abilities, place in popular culture.
Yes, I know, they’re both really cute, fuzzy, and you just want to pick one up and give it a hug. You’re in luck, because you can buy both Pikachu and Eevee plush toys on Amazon; both Pokémon have about 7 pages worth of merchandise. A quick search on Etsy.com shows that there are 587 results for Pikachu plush toys and 322 results for Eevee plushies. Finally, a Google.com search shows 54.9 million results for Pikachu costumes versus 1.42 million for Eevee costumes; because why hug a Pokémon when you can dress up like one?
There are a few ways to get a Pikachu: you can hatch one, catch one, or evolve one from a Pichu. Once you have your Pikachu, you can then choose to evolve it into a Raichu. If you happen to catch one of those Pikachus with a hat in the Pokémon Go game, you’ll end up with a bunch of Raichus with hats. Depending on the season, you may also get Pichus with hats from eggs.
Eevees, on the other hand, are hatless but able to evolve into 8 different other Pokémon. You can also hatch or catch an Eevee. While electric Pokémon like Pikachus are powerful, they are not without their weaknesses. The ability to get water, fire, psychic, dark, and a host of other types from one normal type Pokémon means that you can potentially have an army of evolved Eevees, using the appropriate ones to battle different Pokémon.
We can look at this category in two ways: Pikachus versus Eevees or all forms of Pikachu versus all forms of Eevee. If we go with the former, Pikachu wins hands down. As an electric type, even without being evolved, Pikachu can do damage to water, steel and wind types. An unevolved Eevee doesn’t have much fighting ability. In fact, I think one of its attack is “Run Away”; which, as an Eevee fan, that makes me both sad and disappointed. If we look at the latter, evolved Eevees are much more useful for fighting than any version Raichu. For example, Vaporeon in Pokémon Go has very high HP and CP, powerful water cannon attacks, and is great for both defending and attacking gyms.
Place in Popular Culture
Pikachu takes this category hands down. Not only is he the face of the entire franchise, you can’t beat a Pokémon that was voiced by Ryan Reynolds in the movie, Detective Pikachu. Along with plush toys and costumes, there are also a range of Pikachu merchandise: t-shirts, stationary, home décor, etc. Even if you add up the merchandise generated by the evolved forms of Eevee, you still won’t get close to the amount of Pikachu products out there.
Tallying up the winners in each category, Pikachu wins at being the better Pokémon, both in real life and digitally. Of course, no objective list can tell you what Pokémon your favorite one should be. To quote the Pokémon theme song, “It’s you and me, I know it’s my destiny.”
Let’s Go, Pikachu! Let’s Go, Eevee!
When it comes to the Nintendo Switch games, “Let’s Go, Eevee!” is clearly the winner. First, your Eevee partner is able to learn 8 different types of moves whereas the Pikachu partner can only learn 3 different types of moves. Second, Eevees are much harder to catch in the wild compared to Pikachus, so choosing “Let’s Go, Eevee!” will allow you have one right off the bat. If you decide to pick “Let’s Go, Pikachu!” and you already play Pokémon Go, you can transfer/trade your Eevees; but if you’re like my friend who gave up playing Pokémon Go after the second month, getting an Eevee is much more difficult. Finally, certain Pokémon are only available on either Pikachu or Eevee (see list here), so if your goal isn’t to have a partner Pikachu or partner Eevee, these other Pokémon may help you decide which game to pick.
The ultimate winner of the Pikachu and Eevee showdown really depends on you, the Pokémon trainer. If you want a cute, popular Pokémon that you can use to fight right away (and talks using syllables of its name), Pikachu is the way to go. If you’re looking for a Pokémon that has more potential and perhaps, (dare I say it), a bit of an underdog, Eevee is for you!
Pikachu or EeveeAuthor: Adam Hermann
The most recent Pokemon games, "Pokemon Let's Go Eevee" and "Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu", marked the series' first adventure on Nintendo's fabulously popular Switch. They're technically re-makes of Pokemon Yellow, one of the first entries in the series, but updated with spectacular graphics, an updated battle system, and a handful of new features.
Something that isn't different, however, is the choice between two versions of the game: will you choose Let's Go Eevee, or Let's Go Pikachu? The games are almost identical, featuring the same storylines and overall gameplay, but there are some crucial differences separating the two. Let's break it down and see if we can find the better game.
Your Partner Pokemon
For starters, a big difference is... the starters! Which game you choose determines which Pokemon will be your character's main partner throughout the game: Pikachu, the electric-type mouse who has been the face of the franchise for decades; or Eevee, the normal-type Pokemon with the most evolutions of any monster.
If we have to choose between Pikachu or Eevee, it comes down to both style and strength. Eevee is widely regarded as one of the cutest Pokemon in the series. Pikachu, while pretty cute, isn't exactly on par since he left behind a rounder character design. And when it comes to statistics in the main six categories, which determines how effective your Pokemon will be in battle, Eevee holds a definite advantage: Eevee can reach higher HP, defense, and special defense stats, while Pikachu can reach higher special attack and speed stats. They're both tied in the attack stat.
Interestingly, you can't evolve your partner Pokemon in either game. Not being able to turn your Pikachu into a Raichu is okay, but not being able to turn Eevee into any of its eight evolutions -- often the main appeal of choosing to use Eevee -- is interesting.
Still, between looks and skills, Let's Go Eevee holds an advantage here.
The Game's Names and Art
It may seem trivial to choose one game over the other based on its name, or its cover art, but Pokemon fans are rabid collectors, and they appreciate when a forgotten Pokemon is given a chance to shine.
Pikachu had his own game in 1999 with Pokemon Yellow, and has been featured on the cover of nearly every spin-off game in the franchise over the last two decades. He was chosen as the face of the Pokemon franchise from the start, and has remained its most recognizable character.
Eevee, on the other hand, has only appeared in art for two games (Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Quest) and has never had its own standalone game cover. "Starter" Pokemon, and any Pokemon featured in a game's main art, are often given special treatment by fans in a world with nearly 1,000 different monsters. Eevee getting its own game is a gigantic moment for its biggest fans.
Even if you're just a casual Pokemon player, it's probably worth choosing Let's Go Eevee for the novelty factor.
The Exclusive Pokemon
The main reason to choose one game over the other is always the same: each one has a select number of Pokemon that aren't available in the other game.Here's a complete list of each game's exclusive Pokemon:
Let's Go Pikachu: Sandshrew, Sandslash, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Grimer, Muk, and Scyther.
Let's Go Eevee: Ekans, Arbok, Vulpix, Ninetales, Meowth, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebell, Koffing, Weezing, and Pinsir.
Often, people will say you should ultimately choose the game based on which exclusive Pokemon you care most about, and that's somewhat true. How much do you value having Scyther in your party compared to Pinsir? What about choosing between the Bellsprout evolution tree and the Oddish evolution tree?
If you don't have a strong personal attachment to any of these Pokemon, how else can you choose? Here's one way: by figuring out which group of exclusive Pokemon is collectively stronger.
I did the math, and it's less than a 1% difference, but Let's Go Pikachu's exclusives are technically slightly stronger than the exclusives found in Let's Go Eevee when they all reach their full potentials. If you want to build a party with just these Pokemon, Let's Go Pikachu should be your pick.
On the other hand, Let's Go Eevee has the exclusive Pokemon with the highest maximum statistic potential, Ninetales, which barely edges out Let's Go Pikachu's strongest exclusive Pokemon, Scyther. If you want to add just one very strong monster to your party, Let's Go Eevee should be the pick.
There are other factors in choosing a group of exclusive Pokemon, though.
If you want a wider variety of Pokemon, you should choose Let's Go Pikachu. The game's exclusives are spread out across six different types, while Let's Go Eevee's exclusives are spread across five types. Seven of Let's Go Eevee's 11 exclusives are at least partially poison types, though, so if that's your favorite style to play, that's the clear choice.
Interestingly, if you liked Team Rocket in the Pokemon anime, you might want to choose Let's Go Eevee. The game has four major Team Rocket-owned Pokemon from the anime series (Arbok, Victreebell, Koffing, and Weezing), while Let's Go Pikachu doesn't have any. Not everyone likes the "villains" of the Pokemon series, but their story is super interesting, and they have plenty of fans.
What To Do?Ultimately, the choice is up to you.
If you value a stronger (and cuter) partner Pokemon, you should choose Let's Go Eevee. If you want the more unique pick, in terms of the game's place in Pokemon history, you should also choose Let's Go Eevee.
You can choose Let's Go Pikachu if you want to find a greater variety of exclusive Pokemon during your adventure, and if you want the Pokemon available in your game to be as strong as possible.
The games are largely the same, but these key differences can end up meaning the world to the right players, so choose wisely!
Pikachu or EeveeBy Sam Crawford
The debate is on for choosing the right Pokemon to team up with. Pikachu or Eevee? Weather you decide to go with team Pikachu or team Eevee, this article will give you a break down history to compare and contrast each Pokemon to see who's corner you stand in. No matter if you're a novice or expert trainer, there is always insight to be gained in the world of Pokemon. For those of you that don't know, the word Pokemon is short for pocket monster because you can trap them in a pokeball and carry them in your pocket( just a little side note.)
Now first we will talk about Pokemon's famed mascot Pikachu. Weather you have grown up with Pokemon, played the games or seen the movies, everyone knows who the cute red cheeked yellow fuzzy friend Pikachu is. Pikachu first appeared 23 years ago in 1996 in the games Pokemon blue and Pokemon red. He is part of the first generation Pokemon. His species is mouse type Pokemon with electric ability. His attacks are static, lightning rod, and thunderbolt. Pikachu has two red circles on each cheek which are spots used for storing electricity. When he is about to use an electric attack such as thunderbolt, these red patches will turn yellow and spark with electricity. He also has a slight temper and will generate small surges of electrical energy when angered or for protection. But he loves to be cuddled and is usually friendly. Pikachu has a special ability known as static. If Pikachu uses static in battle it can cause paralysis if he is hit with a physical move. Another powerful electric-type physical move that Pikachu has is the ability to learn the volt-tackle. This move also hurts the user though and is exclusive to the Pikachu evolutionary line of Pokemon. The evolution of Pikachu is Raichu by using a thunder stone. Then it can evolve into Pichu when it's happiness is maxed out with the trainer in the game.
Now to discuss our opposing Pokemon Eevee. Although Eevee may be lesser known than our aforementioned Pokemon Pikachu. She is still a generation one Pokemon and also appeared in the 1996 Pokemon red and blue. Eevee is a rabbit eared feline-like fox Pokemon with an unstable genetic-code. She is known as the evolution type Pokemon. She also has the highest number of evolution possibility with eight total due to her unstable genetic make-up. They are also informally known as eeveelutions. Although I keep referring to Eevee as she there are male and female Eevee with the difference being in their tails. Males have a zig-zag pattern at the end which use to be universal for all Eevee but now the females have a heart shaped pattern at the end of their tails. If you were hunting for an Eevee it's most likely that you would find it in a city, but it is also possible to find them in any location because they evolve to suit their location. Eevee has two main abilities which are rather unique and quite useful in a pinch. They are run away and adaptability. When your backed into a corner and have low health the run away ability is your best option. Run away is the ability that will allow Eevee to run from any wild Pokemon battles. What is especially useful is that it negates the effects of moves that prevent running away like mean look or block. Adaptability will increase the user stab attack from 1.5 to 2.0. Eevee also has a hidden ability called anticipation. This move allows Eevee to sense an opponent's dangerous moves. This is also helpful in letting you know if you want to stand your ground or use the run away ability.
Since Eevee has an unstable genetic code her eight different evolutions are triggered by multiple different situations. Ranging from environment, time of day, friendship levels, or the usage of the evolutionary stones. Water stone, thunder stone or fire stone. With eight different evolutions, some ways are more complicated than others. Below I will go through each evolution and how to accomplish them. Just as I did for Pikachu, although it has fewer evolutions, so it was more simple to explain.
- Jolteon by using the thunder stone
- Flareon by using the fire stone
- Vaporeon by using the water stone
- Espeon when leveled up with high friendship during the day time.
- Umbreon when leveled up with high friendship during the night time.
- Leafeon when leveled up in Eterna Forest, Pinwheel Forest, Route 20 in Kalos, PetalBurg Woods, Lush Jungle, or wherever there is a mossy rock
- Glaceon when leveled up in Route 217, Twist Mountain,Frost Caverns,Shola Cave, Mount LanaKila, or wherever there is an icy rock.
- Sylveon by knowing a fairy-type move, whole leveling up and playing with Eevee through Pokemon amie or Pokemon refresh and earning at least two affection hearts.
So when you take a step back and look at all the evolutions of Eevee, you can see that your not tied down to one specific type of element power. It has the ability to become a water type, electric type, fire type, psychic type, dark type, grass type, ice type, or fairy type. Making Eevee one of the most well rounded Pokemon.
So now you have the background and evolutions of each Pokemon. It's time to choose which one is right for you. While most lean towards our yellow electric friend Pikachu, it's important to note that Eevee can evolve however the user sees fit. So unless you're dead set on an electric Pokemon. You can go with Eevee to get more of an all in one Pokemon or at least choose what other type you would like to evolve into.
The main difference between Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee other than starting with Pikachu or Eevee is the Pokemon you encounter throughout each game. Mostly it's a matter of personal preference. But if you're looking for a suggestion then I would go with Let's Go Eevee. Based on the fact that you can evolve it into the type of Pokemon you prefer and you still have a chance to partner with a wild Pikachu. Wild Eevee are more rare to come across.